1. Hit the Bournemouth Beaches
Undeniably, Bournemouth’s greatest draw needs to be that long, attractive, sandy beach. In fact, there are around 10 miles of coastlines skirting the wide bay in between Hengistbury Head as well as the mouth of Poole Habour.
Nearest to the town centre, the famous pier extends right into the sea with vast swathes of sand on either side, in addition to enjoyment galleries, chip shops, and also gelato stalls, so this area is especially popular. But you can stroll along the promenade as far as Sandbanks to the west or Southbourne in the eastern, with features to be found a lot of the way.
2. Discover Bournemouth Pier
Absolutely nothing says “British Seaside” extra clearly than an old-fashioned pier lined with games and also destinations. So the Victorian pier in Bournemouth is certainly one of the must-see tourist attractions in town!
You’ll locate all the staples of a timeless seaside pier, consisting of an enjoyment gallery, a range theatre, a cafe and a gift shop. However, there are additionally a couple of unusual offerings to obtain your adrenaline pumping, such as the RockReef climbing up the centre (much more on that particular later). Do not miss out on the possibility to take a stroll along this historical pier to soak up the sights of the coast.
3. City Sightseeing Bournemouth
If you intend to check out a great deal of Bournemouth in a short space of time, the hop-on, hop-off bus and watercraft tour from City Sightseeing is suitable. Take a flight on one of the bright red open-top buses for panoramic sights, with an audio overview to inform you what you’re taking a look at. You can leave at any type of point to check out, and also hop back on the next bus when you’re ready to carry on. Tickets begin with ₤ 13 per person.
4. Browse through Sandbanks
Sandbanks is a tiny peninsula protruding throughout the entrance to Poole Harbour from Bournemouth. The location is referred to as the “most expensive seaside on the planet” thanks to the high price of the waterfront estates! You can spot a few of the most effective as you wander along Sandbanks Street, nicknamed “Millionaires Row”. There are several marinas as well as yacht clubs to explore, along with some top-class seafood dining establishments such as Rick Stein’s. And also, certainly, Sandbanks is residence to one of the nicest beaches on the whole south coastline of England, so don’t miss out on that!
5. Wander the Bournemouth Gardens
Among my individual favourite points to do in Bournemouth is additionally among one of the most basic– and cost-free. Check out the community’s yards! The Upper, Central, as well as Lower Gardens run through the centre of town and also date back to the Victorian period. Full of flowerbeds, lawns, and also trees, with a tiny river going through them, these Grade-II provided yards are the excellent location for a walk.
The Lower Gardens, which range from the town centre to the seafront, are loaded with beautiful flowerbeds– in addition to a kiosk, an aviary, and a mini-golf course. These are one of the most available so they’re normally one of the most popular, and are the setting for numerous occasions throughout the summertime period. The Upper Gardens are commonly much quieter and feel like the ideal escape from the busy community centre.
6. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
The Russell-Cotes Museum is an extravagant seaside rental property in Bournemouth which was offered as a luxurious birthday present by Merton Russell-Cotes to his wife Annie in 1901. The couple filled their clifftop escape with a diverse collection of art, furnishings, as well as curios from around the world. Today, this stunning Grade-II provided residential property is open to the general public as an unusual and interesting gallery.
7. Take a Jurassic Shore Trip
If you have a few days in Bournemouth as well as want to check out more of Dorset, you just should take a tour of the Jurassic Coast. It’s very easy sufficient to plan a road trip with your very own automobile, yet if you like the convenience (and also details) of a directed tour there are numerous options. I’ve detailed a few of the very best below:
8. Discover Westbourne
Westbourne is a seaside “village” on the outskirts of Bournemouth, to the west. Although significantly a part of the community as a whole, this upmarket neighbourhood has a distinctly different feeling and a solid area spirit. It’s additionally a terrific area for shopping, with a diverse mix of style boutiques, gift stores, and also vintage stores. Much of the best stores as well as cafes can be found around the Westbourne game, a Grade-II listed, cathedral-like Gothic purchasing arcade. Westbourne additionally boasts a great mixture of pubs, bars as well as dining establishments, consisting of several independent companies.
9. Take a Hike at Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head notes the eastern end of the large bay on which Bournemouth rests, as well as is one of my favourite spots in Dorset for a coastal walk. Although a fairly little headland, the location is residence to numerous ecological communities, so a circular stroll from the carpark will certainly take you through marsh, woods, healths, as well as a lot more.
At one end of Hengistbury Head is Mudeford Sandbank, a spit of white sand stretching out into the sea, which is lined with pastel-painted coastline huts. There’s a coffee shop and a coffee bar tucked onto this little bit of coastline, as well, so it’s the perfect location to pick up a barbecue prior to completing the stroll back.
10. Flight the High Cliff Lifts
The eastern and also western ends of Bournemouth Beach are backed by some rather steep high cliffs. Although not expensive, these can be a pain to walk up– particularly after a long day on the coastline! Luckily, you can take the Cliff Lift! These are three historical funicular railways along the bay, linking the beach with the clifftop.
The West Cliff Lift and also East High Cliff Lift were both built in 1908, and are still going strong– although the East Cliff Lift is presently out of action adhering to a substantial high cliff slide– while the Angler’s Stroll Cliff Lift was included 1935. The High cliff Lifts run in between Easter and also completion of October and also set you back simply ₤ 1.75 for a grownup. Check most current information as well as rates on the neighborhood council’s website.
11. Or Take a Flight on the Land Train
Jump aboard one of Bournemouth’s two famous land trains to discover the beachfront in vogue! Not only are these adorable trackless trains the excellent method to follow the beach promenade without sapping your energy, but they’re also an excellent method to take in the landscapes, particularly on the return trip over the East Overcliff. The beautiful trains run from Bournemouth Pier to Alum Chine in the west, or from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier heading eastern. And, obviously, they’re a big hit with young youngsters! Check the complete course, as well as prices, below.
12. Brave the Bournemouth Zip Cord
One of the extra unusual points to do in Bournemouth is to endure the PierZip at RockReef. Fly 25m over the sea on the world’s first pier-to-shore zip cable! The 250m twin zip cable indicates you can ride at the same time as a friend or relative, and race them to the shore. Perfect if you require a hit of adrenaline!
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